Ca commence effectivement à remuer un peu du côté de l'administration Obama , pour les Tankers ! L'USAF n'allait pas rester bien longtemps tranquille !
Peut être le fait de s'annoncer hors compétition pour l'avion présidentiel, à été un bon mouvement politique de la part EADS ! Désamorçer un mouvement "Nationaliste" Au congrés pour préserver les chances des Tankers !
On risquait de faire modifier la constitution US, pour faire voler le Président sur un Boeing à coup sur !!
-------------Voir le commentaire de James Wallace ! Exttrait ----------------
QUOTE OF THE WEEK:
Concerns in Congress and other corners that the president could one day be flying around in an A380 as Air Force One ended when EADS, the parent of Airbus, announced it will not compete for the contract to supply three planes to replace the 747s that now carry the president.
A couple of days earlier, on Monday, U.S. Rep. Ted Poe, a Rebublican from Texas, had proposed legislation that would have prohibited the awarding of a contract for Air Force One to a foreign firm.
"Outsourcing Air Force One is not an option. It's un-American," Poe said on the House floor. "Are we going to replace the American apple pie with crepes?"
It remains to be seen how the "Buy American" mood in Congress will affect the upcoming Air Force tanker competition.
Even though the Air Force and Pentagon are dead set against a split buy of tankers from Boeing and Northrop-EADS, Aviation Week reports that this option is getting serious attention in Congress, where it is seen as the only way to prevent endless further appeals by either side of the next contract award.
Et l'article de aviation week , trés intéressant !
L'USAF, devant 2 avions en course ne sait plus comment s'y prendre !
Impossible de reprogrammer un BID, sans avantager qui que ce soit, et provoquer de nouvelles successions de protest !
L'USAF, n'a pas oublié la décision de NG/EADS de protester la prochaine, s'ils la perdent !
Maintenant, un partage de la cde, parait raisonnable à plus d'un, comme un moindre mal pour sortir de l'impasse, même les militaires en conviennent ! Un avion plus petit, et un plus gros ! Un peu plus cher aussi ! 90 + 90 Tankers ???
Pourquoi pas ?
--------------------- Aviation Week, Extraits !----------------------
Still, officials close to the KC-X program, which was designed to begin replacing more than 500 aging KC-135 tankers with 179 new aircraft, say dual-sourcing may be the only politically palatable way to move forward. Plans from the middle of the decade called for a later buy of KC-Y aircraft and replacing the KC-135s with these two new models in succession. KC-Y was to be a new round of competition after the KC-X buy ended.
Now, officials are looking at an option to bring KC-Y forward and conduct simultaneous replacement purchases of KC-X and KC-Y. “This would put a wrapper of legitimacy around it,” one industry official says.
Earlier talk of a split-buy involved halving the KC-X buy, which would have amounted to doling out funds for two simultaneous developments that would yield, at most, production of 90 aircraft for each contractor. Yet by guaranteeing each team a number of units, the benefits of competitive dual-sourcing would be lost, says Jacques Gansler, the Pentagon’s acquisition chief from 1997-2001.
Two earlier attempts at a competition between the rival teams – led by Boeing, with a 767-200-based option, and Northrop/EADS North America, with an A330-based aircraft – were botched.
While options for a split buy are under review, the Air Force also is assessing ways for the new Obama administration to attempt a third competition. Pentagon officials are adamantly against a split buy because of high up-front cost. But some acquisition experts say competitive dual-sourcing may be the only way to avoid a new round of lengthy bid protests.
“There’s no way that the Air Force or anyone else can write a operational requirement for existing aircraft with known capabilities that results in a level playing field,” says retired USAF Gen. Mike Loh, once head of Air Combat Command. “Whatever you write will tilt the decision and end up in another protest.”